Books



A Literary Playlist

By Chris Thiessen

I see the world of art as one expansive tapestry. No particular work exists in a vacuum; its fabric overlaps its artistic neighbors. Dyes blend. Threads interweave. Over time, a gorgeous picture is revealed made of myriad strands that—while precious in their individual ways—are elevated by their intricate connections to and contrasts with each other.

Read More ›

Stories of Grief Redeemed: An Interview with Janna Barber

By Jen Rose Yokel

We like to say around here that “community nourishes art,” and there is no joy like watching a piece of art grow from the seeds of friendship into a finished work. We’re excited to let you know our friend and contributor Janna Barber is about to release her debut memoir Hidden in Shadow. I met Janna at Hutchmoot 2011, and over the years have found in her a kindred writer spirit, someone who desires to grow in her craft and offer hope through her words.

Read More ›

Reading Group: The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

By The Rabbit Room

From a passionate and talented chef who also happens to be an Episcopalian priest comes this surprising and thought-provoking treatise on everything from prayer to poetry to puff pastry. In The Supper of the Lamb, Capon talks about festal and ferial cooking, emerging as an inspirational voice extolling the benefits and wonders of old-fashioned home cooking in a world of fast food and prepackaged cuisine. The Supper of the Lamb offers a theology of food and cooking, and a reminder that the world where we find ourselves is itself a feast and a gift.

Read More ›

A Liturgy for Embracing Both Joy & Sorrow

By The Rabbit Room

We’re excited to share with you today a new liturgy from Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Death, Grief, and Hope, which releases on February 19th, 2021. At this point of the year, this particular liturgy feels especially appropriate. We hope you find hope and comfort in it.

Read More ›

Frankenstein: An Audio Performance

By The Rabbit Room

The art of theater is inherently transient—a well-rehearsed play is an enormous labor, only to be enjoyed a handful of times by a handful of audiences. A. S. Peterson’s adaptation of Frankenstein was a tremendous gift to all who were able to see it live. For everyone else, it has been confined to a printed script.

Until now! We at the Rabbit Room are so glad to announce—just in time for Halloween—a special audio performance of the play, now available in audiobook form. And you can hear a ten-minute preview here in this blog post.

Read More ›

The “Lost” C. S. Lewis Tapes

By David Downing

The only thing better than reading C. S. Lewis’s novels would be listening to Lewis himself read from his novels. It is now possible to hear Lewis reading from both Perelandra (1943) and That Hideous Strength (1945). Additionally, Lewis fans can listen to him reading the famous opening section of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in resonant Middle English.

Read More ›

Announcing Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Death, Grief, and Hope

By The Rabbit Room

We are so grateful for the opportunity to announce Every Moment Holy, Vol. 2: Death, Grief, and Hope by Doug McKelvey. Pre-orders are now open and shipments will begin in February 2021. Here’s what you can expect in this new volume.

Read More ›

Now Available on Audiobook: Henry and the Chalk Dragon

By The Rabbit Room

The beloved tale of Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton is now available as an audiobook, skillfully read by Rebecca Reynolds. And you can listen to a ten-minute sample of it right here, exclusively on the Rabbit Room.

Read More ›

Leaf by Niggle Reading Group: Open Today!

By The Rabbit Room

First published in the Dublin Review in January 1945 and later in his collection Tree and Leaf (which also included the essay “On Fairy Stories”), Tolkien’s account of a curmudgeonly but kind-hearted painter and his unfinished masterpiece is a perfect companion to our own unique creative journeys. It’s also a perfect story for us to read together as we think more deeply about the role of creativity within our Christian communities.

Read More ›

Hutchmoot: Homebound Reading & Listening Collection

By The Rabbit Room

Chris Thiessen (Keeper of the Books, Rabbit Room Store Expert, and Encyclopedic Source of all Musical Knowledge) has compiled a reading list and a streaming playlist that together represent the speakers, subjects, and artists involved in Hutchmoot: Homebound. They are vast. We’ve also got some fun goodies to share from Growley Leather, so be sure to scroll to the bottom.

Read More ›

The Song that was Sharper than Sting

By Bethany J. Melton

Samwise had climbed too many stairs with Shagrat drooling on his heels. He’d blasted through Cirith Ungol’s gates with Galadriel’s light. He’d searched every black corner for Frodo, and now, his master was a tower trapdoor out of reach.

Read More ›

Realism of Presentation, Realism of Content

By Jonathan Rogers

In An Experiment in Criticism, C. S. Lewis puts a finger on one of the things I love so much about Tolkien, though Lewis is not specifically talking about his good friend Tolkien’s stories. In the chapter “On Realisms,” Lewis distinguishes between what he calls “realism of presentation” and “realism of content.” Realism of presentation refers to those little concrete details that give the world of a story the textures that make it feel like the world God made. Realism of presentation, writes Lewis, “is the art of bringing something close to us, making it palpable and vivid, by sharply observed or sharply imagined detail.”

Read More ›